IF God loves a trier he must have risked a couple of shekels on LIGHTNING SPEAR in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.
This horse looks like a Hollywood star but hadn’t passed the audition to play leading man in sixteen Group 1 starts.
PA:Press Association Oisin Murphy celebrates his win on Lightning Spear
That all changed here when he was produced with Longines timing by Oisin Murphy to finally break his duck at the highest level.
Murphy, who is riding the crest of a tsunami this summer, was chuffed with the result, saying: “It means the world really for the horse and for me – we have had so many close encounters before.
“Group 1s are what it’s all about and it’s very hard to find these sorts of horses.”
For trainer David Simcock there were tears amid the joy as he lost his father, Michael, on Monday.
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It’s impossible to manage emotions in the wake of such a loss but he did an admirable job trying.
Stradivarius was the headline horse at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday, but his grinding win was blown out the water by DARK VISION’s last-to-first explosion in the 7f Qatar Vintage Stakes.
The ref had started his count when this giant colt flopped out the stalls, but he dragged himself off the canvass at the two-pole and was well on top where it mattered.
Quite how this fella slipped through the ring for just 15,000gns is a mystery – those bloodstock agents love a good lunch – and I’m sure Johnston and the Kingsley Park 10 syndicate have their mobiles primed waiting for big offers to be tabled.
RUX RUXX (7.05 Lingfield) looked in fantastic shape when winning here last weekend and can make light of a 4lbs rise in the weights. (bet here)
It certainly could be time to cash-in this four-legged lottery ticket, as Johnston explained: “A couple of years ago I had a big offer for a filly in a Kingsley Park partnership, and at the time the rules said a unanimous decision was needed before selling – you can’t get a unanimous decision with 19 owners.
“I changed the rules and it’s now my decision.
“We had a really good horse last year and were offered £750,000 after he won his first race, but he was beaten next time and that’s hundreds of thousands of pounds lost.”
Getty Images – Getty The phone is likely to be ringing for Dark Vision after his impressive win
There were fortunes bet on the opener at Lingfield on Monday, SHORTER SKIRT (7-4 to 6-5) being knocked off the boards to start jolly while Brian Meehan’s NO WAY JOSE (11-10 to 13-8) proved as popular as Mr Methane in a rush hour tube.
That didn’t stop her bolting-up and Meehan’s assistant James Ferguson was clearly impressed, saying: “Brian likes this filly and William (Buick) was pleased although he said she didn’t handle the track. I would imagine she’ll go for something like the Lowther at York next.”
Buick is riding like a demon and clearly shifts in his car too, as he slipped through some heavy traffic to get from Goodwood to Sandown on Wednesday evening.
He paid for the petrol by riding a double that was kicked off by heavily supported DARK SHADOW (9-4 to 5-4).